At death’s door
Susan’s illness sees her ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom and her husband Chief Azwindini.
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Royal wife Susan (Mahumela Mahuwa) has been in physical pain ever since she found out in August this year that she’s carrying Chief Azwindini’s (Gabriel Temudzani) baby – and the prophecy says that her pregnancy will cost a life! On Monday 12 December, Susan’s condition is so bad that she’s left bedridden. “It’s gotten into her head that she has very little time to live and every ache in her body turns into a big problem,” explains Mahumela. And it’s not just Susan’s body that’s plagued; her marriage to Azwindini is ailing too. The chief is pained to see his wife suffering so much on Tuesday 13 December. Trying to take another wife in late November has kept him busy but his focus is now on Susan and his stressed attitude has the royal house in a frenzy, as Mahumela reveals: “Susan is and has always been seen as the matriarch in Thathe’s royal house. She has kept Azwindini and his other wives in check when things go wrong. She is the hero who stands beside Azwindini and she is the most beloved wife in the house. Nobody wants to see her suffer.” And it’s not only Susan that the kingdom’s worried about – they’re also concerned about the baby that she’s carrying.
Azwindini has been desperate to have another child since he found out in July 2016 that the royal princes weren’t actually his blood sons. “Susan has put her life on the line to give her husband what he wants. The prophecy says that she will possibly die after giving birth. This is a selfless act that she wants to complete,” says Mahumela. But Thathe’s ruler isn’t ready to let go of his No.1 wife and Azwindini tells Susan exactly that on Thursday 15 December.
On Friday 16 December, Azwindini is forced to think long and hard about Susan’s fate following his conversation with traditional healer Mulimisi (Humbulani Tsharani). “Mulimisi tells his chief that according to his predictions, a boy will be born and the baby is okay and growing healthy right now, but Susan isn’t,” explains Mahumela. The chief is caught between a rock and a hard place and must choose between his heir and his wife on Monday 19 December, but does he have the strength to make such a decision?
“If Azwindini chooses Susan, then he loses the baby who is also his heir. But if he chooses the baby, he loses a wife,” the actress explains. “And then there’s Mpho (Azwimmbavhi Rammbuda), the girl that Azwindini’s had his eye on and she’s now living at the royal house. At first Susan had a problem with Mpho, but now [on Tuesday 20 December] Susan has come to terms with her. She no longer thinks that Mpho is trying to pull a stunt and logically, Mpho would be the perfect woman to take Susan’s place in the royal house as she can care for Azwindini.” But nobody can replace Susan in the chief’s eyes and later on Tuesday 20 December, it’s time for the kingdom’s leader to announce his choice: his wife or his unborn heir!
While we can’t say who’ll be saved by Chief Azwindini, we can say that Mahumela isn’t leaving Muvhango. Her scenes have been lessened over the past few months and she’s going from full-time cast to call actress. “I will be concentrating on other things, such as my higher calling and other side projects,” Mahumela says. “But I’m not going anywhere. Susan is too popular and loved by Muvhango fans.”
Susan is willing to die to give her husband what he wants: an heir. Azwindini has a heart-wrenching decision to make.